Photography & The Art Of Living In the Moment: An Interview with New Zealand Photographer Deb Young



How can we use the art of photography as a way to practice mindfulness? When Young was a teenager, a photographer friend took snaps of her family.  They were dressed in muslin and flares and the shots were taken outside in the back yard.  Back-lit and black & white, she was mesmerized by the romantic, almost rock-star feel of those back yard, hippie shots. Her passion for photography came to life when she was given the opportunity to work behind the scenes on the publication of New Zealand Photography Magazine. She was involved in editing, shooting, image processing, judging the monthly-run competitions and interviewing professional photographers. That early connection prompted Young to pick up a camera again, years later after raising her family. With a fascination for documentary photography she began shooting the streets of Auckland using a variety of analogue cameras.

 Young’s work has been featured in such prestigious online photography magazines as Lenscratch, Dodho, Visual Artbeat, PH Magazine and F-Stop. She recently had work exhibited at The Kolga Awards in Tbilisi, Georgia and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado. Along with artist/photographer Francisco Diaz, she was named “International Photographer of the Year” at the 6th Edition Pollux Awards, the Fine Art and Documentary Photography Biennial held in Malaga, Spain.


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